Toilers strike down Cougars

Katie Brickman
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The Peacock Toilers couldn’t wait to get their season started.

Libby Epoch of the Peacock Toilers drives trhough some Caronport Cougars defenders to the net for a layup during senior girls basketball league action in Caronport on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman 

By Katie Brickman

They proved that in the first quarter by taking a 16-0 lead over the Caronport Cougars.

The Toilers cruised to a 79-43 victory in senior girls basketball league action.

“We were just chopping at the bit to get playing,” said Renee Verge, coach for Peacock. “That was a great start for us. We are excited about that.”

Despite being down by a big margin early, the Cougars battled hard and tried their best to close the gap.

“We knew we were in tough with Peacock. They are probably going to be our strongest team we play all season. They have some great skill,” stated Leigh Wolverton, coach for the Cougars. “We were nervous going into this game. There is a lot of respect for them. It is just getting the girls to just settle down.”

The Toilers dominated on offence throughout the game, using their fast break to push the ball up the court and scoring some quick and easy baskets.

“There are no surprises here, we are a fast-break team and that is our meat and potatoes and that’s where we are looking first. To blast off as hard as we did in the first quarter is the tone we want to set,” stated Verge.

Post Caitlyn Kitts scored a game high 26 points and Libby Epoch controlled the play at point guard, adding 20 points for the Toilers.

“Libby sees the floor so well, so it is becomes an education to the rest of the players because she sees the floor so well they have to be ready for that dish at any point,” said Verge. “She is a huge link to our success this year and it a team game and she sees everyone so well. We just all have to be ready for all the good things that are going to happen with her on the floor.”

Wolverton was pleased with how his team performed against such a powerful opponent and realizes this could be their toughest test of the season.

“Our girls have been playing really well,” said Wolverton. “Our girls on the 3A level are right up there where we want them to be. It is really what we are focusing on is our 3A competition.”

Heading into the second half with a 19-point lead, the Toilers focused on defence and trying to play to that strength.

“I think we had our best quarter in the third quarter. We met our defensive goal in that quarter,” said Verge. “I think that speaks volumes of that important aspect of the game.”

Lauren Janzen scored 10 points in the loss for Caronport.

In other senior girls action, Central defeated Assiniboia 60-29. The Cyclones dominated early, as the score was 28-0 before the Rockets got their first basket of the game. Diana Lumbala had a game high 21 points and Paige Newans added 19 for Cyclones. In the loss, Sheridan Mergel had 12 points and Alexa Wandler added eight points. 

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